Pan and Scan Still Photos to Get the Ken Burns Effect

Known as “The Ken Burns Effect”, the Pan and Scan technique has become the norm when combining still photos with your moving images. This tutorial takes you through the steps of the average pan and scan effect, to guide you through the technique that will showcase both video and stills into a fluid moving video.

Pan-and-scan is an effective technique used in photo montages and presentations in order to make the viewing experience more interesting. Techniques such as panning and zooming allow for movement of still images across the video frame. These techniques, when done correctly, are pleasing to the eye and make the video less… well… boring. This tutorial looks at some of these techniques using Adobe After Effects.

Read the article Perfecting the Pan and Scan Effect.